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S.Korean Soldiers Unwind With Ballet.

Guarding the North Korean border can be pretty stressful.

However, the South Korean army's 25th Division has found a rather interesting way to unwind - practicing ballet.
The soldiers attend a weekly government-provided class, where they swap boots for ballet shoes and practice classic choreography, including splits, pirouettes, and pli茅s, under the instruction of a coach from the Korean National Ballet.
As soldiers assigned to monitor the Demilitarized Zone between the feuding countries, the environment can be pretty tense; however, Kim Joo-hyeok, one of the division's sergeants, sees ballet as a momentary escape from the front lines' hard reality:

"Through ballet, I am able to stay calm and find balance as well as build friendships with my fellow soldiers."

And, despite the oddity of being ballet-dancing soldiers, Lieutenant Colonel Heo Tae-sun, another participating student, insists that it's actually a terrific workout:

"Ballet requires a great amount of physical strength and is very good for strengthening muscle, increasing flexibility, and correcting posture."

Last year, the division gave an impressive performance of Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake' - so much so that they intend to reprise the show again this year.

So what do you guys think? Is ballet uniquely helpful at all? Should your country's military start offering ballet classes too?

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(Also, you can check out a clip with more footage of the soldier ballerinas hard at work in the embedded Korean news report embedded above!)
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I can tell you from personal experience that ballet is a great workout and requires core and lower body strength, flexibility, and helps with agility. I think it's a great idea and could also serve as an alternative workout without the climbing walls and drill sergeants
a year agoReply
lol this is funny. so they didn't write why we do this or why we have to do this kind of activities
a year agoReply
that's actually pretty cool
a year agoReply
@JaredDaigre you mean the US Marines are to manly . Im sure the us Army would enjoy it.
a year agoReply
I'm sure they would prefer B Boying and the music is better. Both are very good work outs and make you very fit indeed! I found Ballet ok but the music was so dull!!!馃槂
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